Interview SummaryThe interview begins with Humphrey discussing how she met John Sherman Cooper. Humphrey describes what it was like to work at Cooper's office in Washington, D.C. Cooper's loyalty to his constituents is recalled. Humphrey reflects upon some memories of traveling through Kentucky during the 1960 campaign and discusses the financial burdens of running for office. The interviewee outlines what the D.C. office was like after the successful 1960 Senatorial campaign. Some of the more interesting visitors to the D.C. office are explored. Cooper's habits are highlighted. Humphrey talks of Cooper's social life as well as his relationship with the press. The 1966 Senatorial campaign is discussed. The challenges of Cooper being married twice and how this impacted campaigns in the 1950s is considered. Humphrey provides an explanation as to why she quit her position at Cooper's D.C. office in 1967. The interviewee also recalls Lorraine Cooper (Cooper's second wife). Humphrey discusses general office procedure, how Cooper worked with his staff, and her own difficulties with absentee voting. To conclude the interview, Humphrey talks of Cooper's decision not to run for governor in Kentucky, as well as Cooper's roots in Somerset, Kentucky.
Interview KeywordJohn Sherman Cooper Office Lorraine Cooper Lee White Constituents 1960 Senatorial campaign
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Humphrey, Janet Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 20 Feb. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Humphrey, J. (1981, February 20). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Humphrey, Janet, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. February 20, 1981, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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